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by Allen
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Side bend question...
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: Side bend question...

Pretty simple. Make sure that your side material is as thin as it needs to be. Different between ukes and guitars. Thinner is easier to bend. I build my ukes at 1.7 - 1.8mm thick. Iron is on full wack. Spritz side with spray bottle and I use a piece of alumium flashing to back up the timber so helps...
by Allen
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor

First time it's ever happened to me. Thankfully I switched from a Spanish Heel style as that would have been the end of my self composure, having to toss out the body on this one.
by Allen
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackheart Sassafras Tenor
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Blackheart Sassafras Tenor

This one has been in the works for a long time. Had to scrap 2 complete necks with all the inlay already done because of flaws showing up after carving. Enough to drive you mad wondering how borers can get into into a piece of mahogany with no sign of entry. So it's Tassy Blackheart Sassafras, Ancin...
by Allen
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Re: Blackwood Concert Ukulele

Push string through bridge and fish it out the sound hole. Tie a bead onto it and then pull it back up to seat against the bridge patch. I use a Carbon Fiber Bridge patch so will last a lifetime.
by Allen
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Best Concert Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Best Concert Ukulele

I have one that I just completed a couple weeks ago and have posted images to the form here.

If it interests you it's available from my website.
by Allen
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Concert Ukulele
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Blackwood Concert Ukulele

Master Grade Australian Blackwood Concert Ukulele. The 15" scale length fret board has a 12-16 inch compound radius. Rubner machine heads. Finished in high gloss polyurethane. Australian Blackwood Concert02192019_1.jpg Australian Blackwood Concert02192019_2.jpg Australian Blackwood Concert02192019_3...
by Allen
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Ukulele sides Bender
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Ukulele sides Bender

I have blankets from Michaels Enterprises and a couple of small ones from Keveno that you can get on eBay. You purchase them by size and wattage. I built a custom controler to control the heat. Much like the one you can get from LMI. You absolutely never leave a heat blank unattended as they can get...
by Allen
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Spanish Heel Side Slots
Replies: 8
Views: 4099

Re: Spanish Heel Side Slots

You can pickup a thin kerf blade from Bunnings that will cut 1.7 - 1.8mm. I used one that is designed for the battery operated saws that trim carpenters use. Just 6" diameter, but that's all that is required. Way easier than trying to get wedges to fit correctly.
by Allen
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Jigs & Fixtures
Topic: Ukulele sides Bender
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Ukulele sides Bender

Pretty much most pro uke builders I know will use both the iron and a silicon heat blanket. The shape of my ukes have a couple very tight bends that are very prone to fracturing if just done with a Fox style bender. I hand bend all my sides to close to shape and set the bend on a solid form with the...
by Allen
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Hello everyone I am Pete
Replies: 18
Views: 724

Re: Hello everyone I am Pete

I have an absolutely extrodinary plank of WRC that I found at Bunnings. Dead on the 1/4 for it's entire lenght with zero runout. Built serval instruments with it and lots more on the shelf.
by Allen
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: problems spraying poly
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: problems spraying poly

I use Bote-Cote epoxy for my pore filling. I can get it locally, but it's so good I would happily order direct and have it shipped. They have a solvent called TPRDA to add to it for deeper penetration and this works a treat. That size of crater is definately not solvent boiling. It's contamination o...
by Allen
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: problems spraying poly
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: problems spraying poly

If you are getting craters on a spruce soundboard, and they look similar to the open grain hardwood, then it's not the pore filling that's causing this. When you sand back and check very carefully, are there any craters left? If not and then they appear in the next coat, are they appearing in the sa...
by Allen
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: problems spraying poly
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: problems spraying poly

Hard to say Paul, but never in a million years would I attempt or recommend to fill pores with the finish as you are describing. Even without getting the results you are experiencing, the build of material you are getting is going to be way too much for an instrument.
by Allen
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Another not a guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Another not a guitar

That's lovely Peter.

I'm having the same issue with cases. Just get something fits perfect and can get reasonably quickly and then the supply dries up. Drives me mad.
by Allen
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Cupping with Mahogany
Replies: 9
Views: 730

Re: Cupping with Mahogany

What Mark said.

If you glued up in high RH then this instrument is destined for failure. Don't worry, you wouldn't be the first to happen to. My first guitar top and back turned into potato chips the day after I glued the braces.
by Allen
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 8 String Baritone Uke
Replies: 1
Views: 197

8 String Baritone Uke

This was a commision for a young fellow as his first custom instrument. 20" Scale length and tuned to dD, gG, bb, ee. Ambrosia Maple with a Sitka soundboard. Blackwood bindings and Supple Jack fret board, peg head veneers and bridge. Rubner tuners, MISI air pickup and high gloss polyurethane. Ambros...
by Allen
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Rosewood
Replies: 9
Views: 659

Re: Rosewood

Darrell has just had a stint in the hospital and only got home yesterday. Might be out of commision for a little bit.
by Allen
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.
Replies: 17
Views: 1257

Re: New build advice, on plans I've drawn.

Do the specs place the bridge somewhere closer to the middle of the lower bout than the example you have on the left?

I like the shape though the waist is very tight and you might have issues with getting timber to bend like that.
by Allen
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Ukelele build
Replies: 9
Views: 1159

Re: Ukelele build

Ukes aren't guitars and you will be well served to keep that in mind. Build a uke to be a uke. You said 6 strings, but what is the configuration and what are you tuning them to? Is it going to be octave pairs on a couple of them or linear tuning with a couple extra bass strings. There is a hybrid in...
by Allen
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Workshop video of shaping a neck
Replies: 1
Views: 757

Workshop video of shaping a neck

Probably the most difficult thing for beginers to get their head around is how to go about making a neck that looks and feels right. I don't know if this video will help with that, but at least you see how I go about it. The total time from start to ready for pore filling was just under 1/2 hour, an...
by Allen
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Polyurethane Finish
Replies: 2
Views: 625

Re: Polyurethane Finish

I don't buy direct from Mirotone. My supplier decants into 1lt. and 2lt. containers of the common, quickly moving stock. It's more expensive to purchase that way instead of the 4lt. but I don't have to keep so much stock on hand.
by Allen
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Help from above.
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: Help from above.

No worries Peter.
by Allen
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Tenor
Replies: 1
Views: 626

Tiger Myrtle and Ancient Spruce Tenor

Another one out the door.


youtu.be/WpxeMe5De3c
by Allen
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Measuring and marking frets
Replies: 5
Views: 861

Re: Measuring and marking frets

Mine are to 0.001mm. :-)

But they are cut on my CNC.
by Allen
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Baritone Uke - Video Gallery
Replies: 3
Views: 852

Re: Blackwood Baritone Uke - Video Gallery

Thanks.

Video is getting me far more response on social media, so thought I better brush up on my skills. It does make for a different look to static images.